Fuji Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd. is excited to announce the upcoming release of its newly developed NXT III mounting platform. The latest edition to the NXT series offers improved performance in all areas and continues the evolution of a machine which has now sold more than 40,000 modules all over the world, covering every imaginable production type and volume. Top of the list of improvements are: better productivity for all part sizes and types thanks to a faster XY robot; faster tape feeders; and a newly developed “flying vision” parts camera. In addition, the new H24 head – capable of 35,000cph (chips per hour) per module – means a 35% increase in speed compared to the NXT II. The new system also offers industry leading quality (Based on investigations by the company as of April 2013). By improving machine rigidity and further refining its independent servo control and vision recognition technology, the company has achieved a placing accuracy for small chip parts of ±25um (3s, Cpk 1.00 – Measured under optimal conditions). This level of precision means that the system is well equipped to handle future manufacturing challenges. As well as supporting the smallest parts currently being used in mass production (0402mm), the system can handle the next generation of components heading for the market – 03015mm parts.
Usability is another area which has been improved with the mounting platform. The GUI of the original NXT was widely praised for making use of intuitive and easy-to-understand pictograms instead of relying on language-based instructions. This interface is now combined with a touchscreen panel to make operation even easier. This improves usability, increases operation speed and boosts productivity. Current users will be glad to hear that the new machine has high compatibility with the NXT II. Many of the main units from this system such as placing heads, nozzle stations, feeders, tray units, and feeder pallet exchange units can be used on the NXT III without any modifications. Combined with various automation units the company is developing – such as the recently released Auto Head Cleaner – the system will contribute greatly to reducing manufacturing costs and improving profitability. The new system was presented at the Protec 2013 show in Tokyo. At Germany the machine will shown at the Productronica exhibition in Munich during November 12–15 2013.